US citizen on last minute travel by train

My son will be traveling home from an internship in 2 days and has 2 checked bags. It looks like the train travel might be more reasonable than flying. My son changed his flight home to include a stopover and would like to visit 3 - 4 countries in Europe. It looks like the ticket for the Eurail pass (for US citizens) must be shipped to the US. The Intrarail passes are for European residents only. Does he have an option here?

Also I am confused how the additional charges work for the long distance trains. He is planning travel from Frankfurt to Amsterdam and then short trips to Toulouse and Hannover and flying home from Frankfurt. Thanks!
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) February 27, 2017 21:28
    Hi Jo,

    Since your son is a US citizen, he would need a 'Eurail Pass', as opposed to an 'Interrail Pass'.

    Eurail Passes are available for purchase at www.raileurope.com. Delivery to an address in Europe is now able to be arranged for orders placed there.

    What you purchase for any itinerary would depend on the specific itinerary itself and various other factors. If you need assistance determining the best option for an itinerary, you would call us. We can be reached at 1-800-622-8600. Our current hours are 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM CT Monday to Friday and 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM CT on Saturdays.

    A rail pass covers ticket costs on trains. When applicable, reservations are a supplementary cost to a rail pass. For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase any reservations and check reservation costs by clicking the 'Seat Reservations' tab on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), entering a route, and indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling. Generally, most trains in Europe can be reserved once within 90 to 120 days of an intended departure date.
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  • We are four American youth who will visit Europe starting in Frankfort. We are 17, 18, 19 and 19 years of age. We like to visit four countries in Europe. please, send us information regarding the cost. Thank you for your help.
    • Jeff (Official Rep) March 28, 2017 21:07
      Hi Bassem,

      What you purchase for any itinerary would depend on the specific itinerary itself and various other factors. This can only be determined once a specific itinerary is settled upon. If you need assistance determining the best option for an itinerary, you would call us. We can be reached at 1-800-622-8600. Our current hours are 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM CT Monday to Friday and 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM CT on Saturdays.

      In the meantime, you can check regular ticket costs by searching a route under 'Find Train Tickets' right on the homepage of our website, www.raileurope.com.

      Generally, trains in Europe can only be booked within 90-120 days of an intended departure. If your intended travel falls outside of this time frame, you would just have to use an earlier date to get an idea of the ticket costs and schedules in the meantime.
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